The first of New Age Toys’ Core Scenery sets has arrived!
The box, as appropriate for at item that will be part of the background of a display, is very plain – mostly flat orange with minimal text.
Inside the box are the “Repairing Platform” and the “Teletraan Base” packaged in a Styrofoam insert as well as a spare set of display decals. The insert is problematic and breaks down easily. I strongly suggest that you open this in a room that you are about to vacuum because there will be Styrofoam beads everywhere whey you’re done!
As many have noted, it does look like the base was designed to have several features; including a telescoping base and a hinged “pillow” section. I suspect these features had to be dropped when it was decided to make it a single cast piece.
The platform is just way too large to really fit with the Legendary Heroes figures and is nearly deluxe scale.
Bad news for customizers, since these are solid blocks it’s not really feasible to add any lights or screen effects.
The computer console is a much better fit for the Legendary Heroes.
Unfortunately the decals are not good. The graphics, taken without permission from Mandingo Rex‘s Teletraan-I Display Panels, are muddily reproduced and do not adhere well. As you can see from the photo above, mine arrived with one already fallen off. I suspect that New Age realized how poor the decals were after it was too late, which explains why they provide a spare set. I hope that Toy Hax or someone similar will put together a better set of screens.
For me, this was a bit of a miss. Although I like the console, it needs more to really bring it to life – either painted screens or better and original decals. The Repairing Platform is comically oversized for their Legendary Heroes figures.
Inside the box you’ll find more accessories than in any previous release:
Sight/Fusion Cannon (attached)
2x pointing hands
2x open hands
Key to Vector Sigma
Pistol mode effects adapter
You’ll note that it comes with an orange plug in the barrel. No worries though, the plug is easily removable.
The robot is straight out of the original cartoon!
There have been some complaints about the hips since the joints are below the pelvis, but it doesn’t really bother me.
The odd jointing will, however, be obvious in certain poses – including sitting in their upcoming Core Scenery throne set.
Since there are so many accessories I wanted to give a few of them a closer look.
It’s hard to see from the photo but the pistol grip is painted black.
the mace is one solid piece that can be held, it does not replace the hand like in the cartoon
Like the original toy, the extra pistol parts can be assembled into a weapon platform.
The Initial Premium
New with Agamenmnon is an “Initial Premium” pack that will only be included with the first release of the figure. The pack contains five effects parts:
1x large blast
1x small blast
3x long blasts
Sadly, the small blast effect doesn’t really fit onto the 1986 movie pistol. The barrel is the right size but the sight prevents it from being connected securely. Since the effect parts are made of soft plastic, I’m sure you could force it over the sight, but I haven’t tried.
It does, however, attach to weapons included with other releases, Abadon for example.
The Pistol Mode
The pistol mode looks great, just remember to lock everything in place to minimize gaps.
The adapter looks a little odd when attached (perhaps it doubles as a “grenade”) but does allow you to connect the effect pieces.
You can also trick it out with all of the accessories
One step of he transformation that was a pleasant surprise was that of the left arm into pistol mode. Despite the two arms looking the same, the left forearm splits and extends out to form the side of the pistol and cover the neck gap from robot mode.
This is a fantastic version of Megatron, it has an amazing transformation that is both complex and fun.
According to New Age Toys, there is a “mystery accessory” for Agamenmnon that will be given to people who pre-order all three of their upcoming 1984 Seekers.
Inside the box you get the standard instructions, two sets of extra hands, “liquid nitrogen” nozzle and rifle.
Sharp-eyed readers might notice the blue eyes instead of the red shown on the box and in all of the promotional photography. New Age Toys is aware of the issue and will be producing replacement heads which will be shipped out to dealers.
New Age Toys has released a statement (translated by NOCV on TFW2005) about a factory error with Riddick. The eyes were supposed to be red but some were painted blue and some black. They will be sending dealers properly painted replacement heads. On the plus side, now you can mix and match to give McCoy some color contrast if you got the blue-eyed version or make your own Zombie Ironhide with the black-eyed version.
The nannette looks good in black.
Following their pattern, the name presumably comes from Riddick (2013).
New Age Toy’s first G1-styled not-Decepticons have arrived!
Abadon, Berial and Asmodeus are bundled together in a box reminiscent of the original G1 packaging featuring the slogan “Psychic ready. My Command is your wish!”
The top and side of the box labels them as “Psi Commando” Abadon, Berial and Asmodeus.
Inside the box are the three bugs, each with a weapon and an Energon cube, and a large instruction sheet.
Unfortunately, possibly due to the plastic being used, every Energon Cube has a large flaw along one side.
Abadaon, was always most likely to be my favorite from this set. Kickback was the only Insecticon that I owned the first time around so it holds a special place for me. However, even if that wasn’t the case, this would still be my favorite Psi Commando!
Like the G1 version, Abadon’s chest opens
Unlike the G1 version, Abadon’s insect fore-legs are stored within the chest cavity.
One of my favorite parts of the transformation is how the shoulders lock into the wings for robot mode.
The robot arms form an abdomen for a more accurate grasshopper mode.
Berial, aka Shrapnel, is my second favorite from this set, the biggest “flaw” is that the insect legs stick out of the robot back. I’m happy to overlook that considering how great the rest of the figure is.
Like the G1 version, Berial’s chest opens.
When transforming to stag beetle mode, the fists lock into the legs for stabilization.
Asmodeus, aka Bombshell, has one flaw in robot mode, no ankle tilt like the rest of the set. This is necessitated by the transformation mechanics and it’s certainly not a fatal flaw.
Bombshell’s “Twin Ion Impulse Blaster” from G1 is absent, replaced by a larger version of the rhinoceros beetle horn which makes his insect mode toy accurate and his robot mode anime accurate.
Like the G1 version, Asmodeus’s chest opens but, due to the transformation mechanics, the head is attached so it has a very different effect.
When transforming to rhinoceros beetle mode, the fists lock into the legs for better stabilization.
I was never fully satisfied with the Legend Class Insecticons. Being released in three separate lines the colors don’t match.
The only Legend Class Insecticon that almost fits with these is Chop Shop who, as a Deluxe Insecticon stands a little taller.
I can’t recommend this set enough, the figures are super fun and, despite their size, come very close to Manero, their best figure to date.
And they’re not done yet! There are at least two more versions of the Psi Commandos on the way (anime repaints and the translucent version) with rumors of a Diaclone repaint to follow.
There are some surprising details in vehicle mode like the first aid kits on the back of the seats.
The dune buggy looks great, but the transformation is not fun. Also, I hate the roll cage, which is just a series of tubes that hold together by friction and fall apart as soon as you being the transformation.
Arkose fits in perfectly with other Masterpiece-class figures.
Although this figure looks great, for me, the play-ability is very low. Like their Ollie, it will remain on the shelf in robot mode.
New Age Toy’s Miller (aka Gi Ratchet) has arrived. They’ve released so many figures in such a short amount of time it’s been hard keeping up! McCoy and the Insecticons are already in the mail with Riddick and the anime-Insecticons ready to ship.
The robot mode looks pretty good but it’s not without issues.
For many people, the visible pins in the legs will be enough to ruin the figure. For me I don’t mind too much although I do with they had been capped or painted, perhaps they will be in an H8EX release.
The big issue for me is the fact that the chest and shoulders do not lock into place. The shoulders tend to wander a bit whenever you move the arms.
I didn’t expect to like the Marvel Comics head but it makes a nice contrast to the all-white robot mode and I plan to keep it installed.
The vehicle mode is very true to the source however you do need to be careful to keep the panels properly aligned to minimize gaps.
The hyper-detailed Martini Manero from New Age Toys has arrived at JunkionHQ!
Originally announced as H2EX, Martini Manero’s packaging is labeled 02M. Like with G2 Manero, I’m sticking with the original numbering for this post and my unofficial catalog.
Inside the box you get all the same accessories that came with the original version.
Like the original release, the robot mode is clever and fun, the best we’ve seen in this line so far, now with beautiful details.
They even painted the tiny little details on Manero’s chest.
Here’s where the new details really shine, it truly looks like a shrunken down version of the original toy.
Here are all four Maneros side by side:
The Legendary Heroes line is occasionally referred to as “mini-Masterpieces” and, for me, this release fits that description perfectly. My perfect Masterpiece is an accurate real-world vehicle mode, like Diaclone, paired with a robot mode that strikes a balance between the cartoon and the original toy.